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An A-Z of Possible Worlds (Boxed Set) Hardcover – 31 Oct 2009

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  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Roastbooks Ltd (31 Oct. 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 190689406X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906894061
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 6.2 x 16 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,499,851 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Each of these little stories travels into the much bigger world of the imagination - sometimes sad, sometimes funny, sometimes warped, but always worth the journey. --Sarah Salway

I think this could be big --Scott Pack, Me and My Big mouth

A collection of unusual words of mystery, melancholy and imagination, full of enticing glimpses into the more bizarre corners of the human psyche. --Sebastian Beaumont

Charmingly inventive --Tama Jonowitz

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An A-Z Of Possible Worlds challenges the way books look and how they can be read, capturing the niche of the modern lifestyle read. Each of the booklets in An A-Z of Possible Worlds is autonomous and a reader can take one booklet at a time in any order, instead of carrying around a heavy and impractical tome. Every box contains an insert map, which acts as a guide to the set, displaying fictional and real places. Where will your mind take you...?!

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Format: Hardcover
I've just re-read this and think even better of it than I did upon first reading, perhaps because this time 'round I wasn't concentrating solely on plot and atmosphere and so was able to get a sense of the intelligence and humour underlying the writing.

Tillyer's stories are of places, people, events in off-kilter versions of this world, a reality gone slightly awry, and not the surreal or wholly fantastic: A city whose streets are literally labyrinthine; a slumming visitor to a kingdom who is at great cost made king; an ring road of nearly hypnotic appeal and inexplicable danger; civilian astronauts whose time in space is televised as a reality show.

Not one of the stories is a dud and some are truly haunting: For a few years, something I'd read about an underwater city and charging horses now and again came to mind and I was delighted to find it again in 'R is for Reservoir'. Tillyer's style is straightforward and--for the most part--polished, her ability to pack so much matter into stories so short is admirable, and her imagination is something I covet. I'm surprised there are so few reviews of this, as though the book in no way resembles mass-market pap it seems like one that would have a very wide appeal amongst general readers. And anyone who's a fan of Chateaureynaud's or Alois Hotschnig's stories would probably take to these (and vice versa).

The format of A-Z is outstanding. Each story is a separate chap-book and all are contained in a box. This isn't a tricksy design decision but packaging inspired by and perfectly appropriate to the content and, it occurred to me, forced me to take a bit of time to let each story sink in, whereas had the book been in conventional form I would have raced through it.
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I bought this book because of a glowing review in SFX magazine, and was not in the least disappointed. This is one of the best collection of short stories I have read in a long time, a modern day continuation of the works of Jorge Luis Borges (which would be the author who comes . A very unusual book that I would highly recommend, and in a way comparable to "House of Leaves" as a very unique work of imagination.
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Just loved this collection. The imagination, the people, and - sorry - the convenience of a small book for each day! A real charm.
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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff. Read it. 15 Oct. 2012
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Format: Hardcover
I've just re-read this and think even better of it than I did upon first reading, perhaps because this time 'round I wasn't concentrating solely on plot and atmosphere and so was able to get a sense of the intelligence and humour underlying the writing.

Tillyer's stories are of places, people, events in off-kilter versions of this world, a reality gone slightly awry, and not the surreal or wholly fantastic: A city whose streets are literally labyrinthine; a slumming visitor to a kingdom who is at great cost made king; a loop road of nearly hypnotic appeal and inexplicable danger; civilian astronauts whose time in space is televised as a reality show.

Not one of the stories is a dud and some are truly haunting: For a few years, something I'd read about an underwater city and charging horses now and again came to mind and I was delighted to find it again in 'R is for Reservoir'. Tillyer's style is straightforward and--for the most part--polished, her ability to pack so much matter into stories so short is admirable, and her imagination is something I covet. Though the book in no way resembles mass-market pap it seems like one that would have a wide appeal amongst general readers; I think as well that anyone who's a fan of Chateaureynaud's or Alois Hotschnig's stories would probably take to these (and vice versa).

The format of A-Z is outstanding. Each story is a separate chap-book and all are contained in a box. This isn't a tricksy design decision but packaging inspired by and perfectly appropriate to the content and, it occurred to me, forced me to take a bit of time to let each story sink in, whereas had the book been in conventional form I would have raced through it. The only slight let-down, at least to a geek who looks at copyright pages and credits on end flaps, is that the designer seems to receive no mention. The format might have been a group decision, but surely the letters of the alphabet weren't drawn by a committee.

No doubt I'll be reading this yet again in a few years . . .

3 1/2 stars.
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